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11 Off-Menu Items You Need to Try Right Now in Austin

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It's easy to have a dining routine, frequenting the same places and ordering the same dishes over and over again. Repetition can be comforting. But for those looking to shake things up, take advantage of Austin's best off-menu dishes

There are not-so-secret biscuits from Olamaie, the entire special taco array from Torchy’s Tacos, sports bar mash-ups of tater tots and nachos from Haymaker, disappeared menu dishes from Alamo Drafthouse and Kerbey Lane Cafe, and much more.

So whether you’ve heard of these items before or are eager to try something new, get out your pen and paper — you’ll want to keep these dishes in mind. This map includes limited quantity items, former-menu favorites, and a few made-to-order dishes as well.

If there are any off-menu dishes or drinks that we’re not aware of, please let us know through the tipline or within the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kerbey Lane Café

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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Kerbey Lane’s been open for a while, so it’s natural that some menu items are no longer featured. This doesn’t mean, though, that favorites are gone forever. Items like Carl’s Breakfast are still available on request. It comes with an English muffin breakfast sandwich with ham, egg, and cheddar, with sides of home fries and fruit.

The Carl’s Breakfast from Kerbey Lane Cafe
The Carl’s Breakfast from Kerbey Lane Cafe
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2. Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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While Olamaie’s biscuits are famous, the Southern restaurant keeps the popular item off the menu to avoid becoming a biscuit-only kitchen, only making a limited number daily. Fear not, though: place your order for the warm, flaky, and buttery rolls slathered with honey butter as soon as you sit down.

Olamaie’s biscuits
Olamaie’s biscuits
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3. Amy's Ice Creams

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1012 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 480-0673
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While it’s not a secret menu really, Amy’s offers up various flavor combinations not written out on its boards. The Elvis, a combination of bananas, peanut butter, and Mexican vanilla, and The Rico, a blend of Mexican vanilla, graham crackers, cinnamon, and strawberries, have become household names among visitors and can be ordered at any time.

4. Péché

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208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 495-9669
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Peche strives to bring classic drinks to life. While the bar can whip up anything, there are two dedicated off-menu cocktails: Devil’s Cocktail and Mustache Gun.

A cocktail from Peche
A cocktail from Peche
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5. Vince Young Steakhouse

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301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 457-8325
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The steakhouse adds an adult twist to the classic childhood favorite with its wine shakes. The off-menu beverage blends together vanilla ice cream and its very own label of cabernet sauvignon.

Vince Young Steakhouse’s wine shake
Vince Young Steakhouse’s wine shake
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6. III Forks

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111 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-1776
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The restaurant chain combines Southern cooking techniques with seafood for its extravagant off-menu chicken fried lobster.

III Forks’ chicken fried lobster
III Forks’ chicken fried lobster
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7. Chuy's

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1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-4452
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If you want to feel like a regular, order the Chuy Gooey when dining at the Tex-Mex chain. Filled with beans, meat, and queso, the dip is topped with pico de gallo, salsa, and sour cream. Despite not being on the menu, staffers can attest that the Chuy Gooey is still a frequently ordered item.

Chuy’s
Chuy’s
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8. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-8262
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Despite being removed from the menu, moviegoers can still enjoy two pizza favorites on request from Alamo Drafthouse. The first is the Raging Bull, topped with sausage, olives, jalapeños, and crushed red pepper. The other favorite is Enter the Dragon, a meat lover’s heaven that features pepperoni, ham, and sausage. It’s pizza nostalgia.

Pizza from Alamo Drafthouse
Pizza from Alamo Drafthouse
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9. Torchy's Tacos

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1311 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-9235
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It’s no secret that Torchy’s Tacos has a few off-menu dishes, but with the already-listed impressive lineup of tacos, it’s easy to forget that. If you’re craving a breakfast taco, try for The Jack of Clubs. For any other meal — or if you’re feeling extra hungry — ask for the Ace of Spades. Sausage, brisket, queso, and a fried egg are just a few tasty ingredients featured in the taco.

10. Home Slice Pizza

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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Noted calzone enthusiast from television show Parks and Recreation Ben Wyatt would be pleased with Home Slice’s off-menu dish The Vatican — not to be confused with the big structure in Rome. The sandwich, packed with ham, salami, Capicola, and provolone cheese that is then stuffed and baked inside a cheese calzone.

Home Slice
Home Slice
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11. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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This off-menu dish combines two bar food favorites: nachos and tater tots. The Tachos takes the form of a mountain of tots smothered with all the nacho essentials, like queso, sour cream, and jalapeños. This is a hearty one.

Black Sheep Lodge
Black Sheep Lodge
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1. Kerbey Lane Café

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
The Carl’s Breakfast from Kerbey Lane Cafe
The Carl’s Breakfast from Kerbey Lane Cafe
Kerbey Lane Cafe [Official]

Kerbey Lane’s been open for a while, so it’s natural that some menu items are no longer featured. This doesn’t mean, though, that favorites are gone forever. Items like Carl’s Breakfast are still available on request. It comes with an English muffin breakfast sandwich with ham, egg, and cheddar, with sides of home fries and fruit.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

2. Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Olamaie’s biscuits
Olamaie’s biscuits
Olamaie/Facebook

While Olamaie’s biscuits are famous, the Southern restaurant keeps the popular item off the menu to avoid becoming a biscuit-only kitchen, only making a limited number daily. Fear not, though: place your order for the warm, flaky, and buttery rolls slathered with honey butter as soon as you sit down.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Amy's Ice Creams

1012 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

While it’s not a secret menu really, Amy’s offers up various flavor combinations not written out on its boards. The Elvis, a combination of bananas, peanut butter, and Mexican vanilla, and The Rico, a blend of Mexican vanilla, graham crackers, cinnamon, and strawberries, have become household names among visitors and can be ordered at any time.

1012 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

4. Péché

208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
A cocktail from Peche
A cocktail from Peche
Peche [Official]

Peche strives to bring classic drinks to life. While the bar can whip up anything, there are two dedicated off-menu cocktails: Devil’s Cocktail and Mustache Gun.

208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Vince Young Steakhouse

301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Vince Young Steakhouse’s wine shake
Vince Young Steakhouse’s wine shake
Courtney Pierce

The steakhouse adds an adult twist to the classic childhood favorite with its wine shakes. The off-menu beverage blends together vanilla ice cream and its very own label of cabernet sauvignon.

301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

6. III Forks

111 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
III Forks’ chicken fried lobster
III Forks’ chicken fried lobster
III Forks/Facebook

The restaurant chain combines Southern cooking techniques with seafood for its extravagant off-menu chicken fried lobster.

111 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Chuy’s
Chuy’s
Chuy’s/Yelp

If you want to feel like a regular, order the Chuy Gooey when dining at the Tex-Mex chain. Filled with beans, meat, and queso, the dip is topped with pico de gallo, salsa, and sour cream. Despite not being on the menu, staffers can attest that the Chuy Gooey is still a frequently ordered item.

1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Pizza from Alamo Drafthouse
Pizza from Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse [Official]

Despite being removed from the menu, moviegoers can still enjoy two pizza favorites on request from Alamo Drafthouse. The first is the Raging Bull, topped with sausage, olives, jalapeños, and crushed red pepper. The other favorite is Enter the Dragon, a meat lover’s heaven that features pepperoni, ham, and sausage. It’s pizza nostalgia.

1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Torchy's Tacos

1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

It’s no secret that Torchy’s Tacos has a few off-menu dishes, but with the already-listed impressive lineup of tacos, it’s easy to forget that. If you’re craving a breakfast taco, try for The Jack of Clubs. For any other meal — or if you’re feeling extra hungry — ask for the Ace of Spades. Sausage, brisket, queso, and a fried egg are just a few tasty ingredients featured in the taco.

1311 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Home Slice Pizza

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Home Slice
Home Slice
Home Slice/Facebook

Noted calzone enthusiast from television show Parks and Recreation Ben Wyatt would be pleased with Home Slice’s off-menu dish The Vatican — not to be confused with the big structure in Rome. The sandwich, packed with ham, salami, Capicola, and provolone cheese that is then stuffed and baked inside a cheese calzone.

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

11. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Sheep Lodge [Official]

This off-menu dish combines two bar food favorites: nachos and tater tots. The Tachos takes the form of a mountain of tots smothered with all the nacho essentials, like queso, sour cream, and jalapeños. This is a hearty one.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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